This February, 15 Upper Division Avenues artists were recognized for their “superior talent and achievement” in visual art and awarded Scholastic Art Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards represent the most comprehensive national assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. Since the inception of the award three core values have been used to determine its recipients: freedom of expression, a blind adjudication process and work criteria based on originality, technical proficiency and emergence of personal voice. Over 3,300 students in grades seven through twelve submitted more than 9,500 works to the New York City region of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, encompassing more than 300 schools in all five boroughs. Our students’ pieces used a variety of artistic mediums and explored self-portraiture, educational inequality, identity and more.

Shivers by Marina Zoullas

Shivers by Marina Zoullas

Ladder of Opportunity by Viola Nielsen

Ladder of Opportunity by Viola Nielsen

For 94 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award program has identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. Former recipients include artists Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari.

Blur by Luc Detiger

Blur by Luc Detiger

Explorers in a Vast World by Sam Boyce

Explorers in a Vast World by Sam Boyce

“By tapping into the imaginations of teenage artists and writers and encouraging them to share their visions, we are fostering the next generation of great influencers in the arts and beyond,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provide a national platform to recognize and celebrate the deeply personal, innovative and thought-provoking creative work of today’s teenagers. Time and again, we hear that seeing the work gives viewers hope about the future of the arts.”

Self Portrait by Bizzie Lynch

Self Portrait by Bizzie Lynch

Cityscape by Abigail Cohen

Cityscape by Abigail Cohen

The 8th to 12th grade Avenues recipients this year are:

GOLD KEY RECIPIENTS**
Viola Nielsen (8th grade), printmaking
Luc Detiger (9th grade), photography
Sam Boyce (10th grade), digital art
Marina Zoullas (10th grade), painting

SILVER KEY RECIPIENTS
Shelby Kim (8th grade), drawing and illustration
Abigail Cohen (8th grade), printmaking
Jonathan Wilmers (8th grade), printmaking
Luc Detiger (9th grade), two awards in photography
Elizabeth Acevedo (10th grade), five awards: three in photography, one in drawing/illustration, one in painting
Sam Boyce (10th grade), digital art
Caroline Yu (11th grade), photography

HONORABLE MENTION
Genta King (8th grade), printmaking
Bizzie Lynch (8th grade), painting
Cooper Walshe (8th grade), printmaking
Adam Schultz (8th grade), printmaking
Brandon Williams (8th grade), printmaking
Luc Detiger (9th grade), five awards in photography
Elizabeth Acevedo (10th grade), three awards in photography
Ben Kessler (10th grade), two awards in photography
Sam Boyce (10th grade), two awards in digital art
Caroline Yu (11th grade), photography

**All Gold Key work is currently being considered for national recognition and will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum on March 24. National Medalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.